Recent Project Roundup
Just a quick post to share some recently (and not-so-recently) finished projects.
Right before we left for Italy, I embroidered a set of pillowcases for our bed. They’re old pillowcases, from one of the first sets of sheets we bought when we were married. I had actually planned this as a project that I could take with me on the trip, but once I started I just couldn’t put them down, and so the set was finished before we ever left town. The pattern is “Petal Pillowcases,” from Alicia Paulson’s Embroidery Companion. I used the same colors called for in the pattern, but I only enlarged the template by 200%. Also, in the pattern, she places the monogram toward the bottom edge of the pillowcases, but I did it on the top edge so it wouldn’t bother me while I sleep (although to be honest, I’m a compulsive pillow-flipper, so most mornings when I wake up the monogram is face-down anyway). I always think that I hate satin stitch, and that I’m terrible at it, but projects like this make me realize that I actually do love it. What I really hate are densely-packed French knots. So hard on the fingers!
The day after we got back from Italy, I went to my local embroidery shop to buy the materials I needed for the Midsummer Sprigs ABCs sampler and the Winterwoods ABCs sampler (both by Alicia Paulson…it’s really unfunny how obsessed I am with her patterns). They didn’t have all of the Weeks colors that I needed, nor the smokey pearl linen for the Winterwoods sampler, but I got as much as I could and placed an order for the rest. This was my first time stitching on black linen, and it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I kept a white towel on my lap, but then a fat gray kitten would curl up on the towel. Plus I really just don’t have good lighting with my current living room setup. After about 2 weeks, I had done all I could do with the colors I had bought and had to set this project aside for another 2 weeks until the rest of the Weeks flosses came in. I just finished late Wednesday night, so for now I’ve got it taped to the wall in the dining room — I’m hoping this will force me to actually frame it, instead of just setting it aside to be framed “someday” (like the previous 4 samplers I’ve made, all of which have been rolled up together in a towel for the past 2-3 years).
After I finished my sampler, I was bored and itching to make something fun. I’ve been planning to make a little stuffed mouse for my niece this Christmas, and all of the attendant clothes & accessories, and I thought it would be fun to put everything in a little suitcase. Well, I couldn’t find a good suitcase anywhere, but I did find this little chipboard trunk at Hobby Lobby. I thought about painting it, but I wanted something quicker, so I settled on decoupage. I picked out some fun scrapbook paper, as well as a tube of acrylic paint for the trim, and a bottle of matte Mod Podge. The whole thing took about 24 hours to complete, including drying time. For the inside, I used striped paper, so I kept the pieces pretty much whole (or cut them along the stripe lines). For the outside, I tore the floral paper into random sizes & shapes. I painted the trim with a couple coats of Folk Art in French Vanilla, then sealed it with the Mod Podge. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, and I think it’s going to be so adorable filled with doll clothes. It’s definitely something I would’ve loved when I was a kid, so I hope my niece likes it too!
I’m all out of projects for now, although I’ve been swatching with a ball of Quince & Co. Sparrow, hoping to cast on for a new sweater soon. I’d really like to join Dianna Walla’s Vasalong, or maybe knit Brise. What projects are you working on?